Jemma won a place at the highly-prestigious LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) to study Acting but instead studied Drama at Huddersfield University from where she joined RDDC to teach acting, musical theatre, contemporary vocals to children and adults. Jemma also teaches pre-school classes in ballet, tap, disco, drama & acro! Her classes are always fun, enjoyable and varied, featuring voice, speech, movement, scripted and devised performances. Ever busy, she is also our course leader for the popular GCSE Performing Arts course and directs our annual musical. A brilliantly enthusiastic teacher, Jemma was appointed a Partner in 2010 and is enjoying her leadership responsibilities.
Rebecca trained at the Northern Ballet School, Manchester, 2005 -2008, graduating with a National Diploma in Professional Dance . She then travelled the world as a performer and enjoyed a year on the Carnival Cruise liners before starting her teaching career at Sunshine Studios in Manchester. Becki who is Head of our Waterfoot branch, is a specialist in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dance and is our Tap Co-Ordinator. She is also trained in Contemporary Dance, Street, and Musical Theatre and enjoys teaching both children and adults, from absolute beginners to advanced performer. Not content with dance teaching Becki is also a qualified ski instructor (CSIA Level 2). She lists, among other things, downhill mountain biking, climbing, and playing the bass guitar as her hobbies! Becki was appointed a Partner in August 2014 and is enjoying her role in the leadership team!
Louise was a full time student at RDDC while studying for a BA (Hons) in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance. Louise has enjoyed great success as a performer. She, like Jenny Barnes, is a UKA National Theatre Scholarship finalist and danced with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in their production of Petrushka. As a teacher Louise enjoys all her classes both for children and adults. A talented choreographer Louise creates unique routines for both Theatre and Street teams and being a former finalist herself, she can share her experiences as a highly successful and versatile performer with her pupils. Tap, Street, Western Line Dance and Bhangracise are a few of the subjects she teaches to adults in an inspired and enthusiastic way. Louise was appointed a Partner in July 2015 and is now the Head of Branch at our Ramsbottom branch.
Jenny was a multiple UKA National Theatre Dance Scholarship winner and is now a popular and talented teacher of both children and adults. At RDDC Jenny is the Jazz Dance Co-Ordinator with responsibility for the oversight of the subject, a role which she relishes since it involves working closely with RDDC colleagues and leading UK Jazz dancers. Some of Jenny’s original Jazz choreography has been included in the UKA Graded Jazz Dance syllabus, written by Alison Marlow . Jenny teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Street and Burlesque, from beginner level to advanced, for children and adults.
Danielle has trained with RDDC since 1995 as a student and in 2010, after completing her A Levels at BRGS, joined the team for teacher training in dance and musical theatre. Danielle has completed advanced qualifications in Tap Jazz, Musical Theatre at associate & licentiate level. Danielle is in the process of completing her Ballet Diploma with the reputable Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Danielle has a varied range of experience in theatrical disciplines including dance, acting, singing and choreography. Danielle has appeared in several professional and amateur musical productions and has also worked on adverts and television productions such as Waterloo Road, Scallywags and dance catalogue modelling, giving professionalism and skills required to obtain such coveted roles. She has also been a UKA National Theatre Scholarship winner and placed as a finalist several times during her years of competing. Danielle has also appeared in a performance of The Nutcracker with the English National Youth Ballet.
Nicola joined RDDC in 2013 and quickly established herself as a popular and enthusiastic teacher. A psychology graduate, Nicola is skilled in bringing out the best in everyone and ensures that her classes and lessons are lively and fun filled! Nicola enjoys teaching children and adults a range of dance and fitness styles. Ballroom / Latin American are among her specialties but she’s equally at home with Ballet and Tap ! She’s recently completed an Exercise to Music Teacher’s course and loves the buzz of leading our busy fitness classes at RDDC.
Courtney has trained with RDDC since 2000, aged 3! She joined us for teacher training in 2014, assisting in dance, drama and musical theatre. Motivated by dance Courtney continued to perform as part of a competitive display team winning many trophies! Courtney is developing new skills all the time & her particular passion is for Ballet & Tap. Finishing her apprenticeship in Summer 2016, Courtney will become part of RDDC’s teaching team!
Hannah was originally a member of the Dalton School of Dance but has trained with RDDC since 2009 as a student. In 2013 after completing her A Levels at Holy Cross she joined the RDDC team for teacher training in dance, drama and musical theatre. Now advancing her practice with the RAD & UKA, Hannah continues to work hard and enjoys teaching a variety of classes at RDDC, Ballet being one of Hannah’s favourites! Hannah also loves to create new choreography for RDDC’s annual shows!
Elyse is our receptionist and administrator, with special responsibility for merchandise dancewear, toys, books etc. Elyse always has a friendly face to greet you and a willing source of help and advice. Elyse was formerly manager of The Design Company and spent many years in the jewellery trade from which she holds the National Association of Goldsmiths Diploma.
Our premises at RDDC (Waterfoot branch) are kept spick and span thanks to the efforts of Julie, our cleaner. Julie, who was previously employed by Sainsburys is also a parent of four girls, one of whom Courtney is a member of the teaching team here at RDDC.
Alison is a qualified teacher with specialist qualifications in Dance (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom and Latin American), Drama (Acting) and Singing (Musical Theatre). She was a professional performer with West End stage experience and television ranging from Songs of Praise to Come Dancing where she partnered Howard Donald, latterly of Take That fame!!! In 2009 Alison was nominated for a prestigious Carl Alan Award, the Oscars of the Dance profession, in recognition of her contribution to the development of theatre dance in the United Kingdom. She is a former Head of Dance at Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School and author of the UKA Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre syllabi which are taught worldwide. An outstandingly successful teacher, Alison has taught several UK National Scholarship winners and is now in demand as an Examiner, adjudicator, lecturer and choreographer.
A qualified teacher of both Dance and Drama, Chris is a former professional performer, with experience on stage and television, as technical advisor to the BBC and as children’s cast tutor on the UK tour of The Sound of Music. He is a member of Equity and an Examiner in Dance, Speech/Drama & Musical Theatre. At RDDC Chris enjoys teaching Ballroom, Latin and Salsa as well as Speech and Drama to a wide range of pupils, children and adults, beginners to professionals. Chris trained at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford, qualifying as a teacher of English.
Julie is the agent of RDDC Management Agency. Ever busy looking and sending RDDC pupils for castings, Julie’s son Henry is currently performing on the stage tour of Billy Elliot playing the character of Michael. Professional chaperone with years of experience, Julie is constantly networking for new exciting opportunities!